Every girl, irrespective of ethnicity or strata has believed and worked toward that ‘Happily Ever After’. It’s the stories she grew up with. It’s the stories that shaped her belief in the triumph of good over evil and the axiom that everything works out in the end. It comes as no surprise that wedding attire is almost fairytale-like in nature.The Cinderella Story is the modern day adaptation of that fairy tale. We threw open the doors on girls who had somewhere to be, someone to impress, something to feel fantastic about and needed assistance.
But, we were going to need help. Fortunately, we had two stellar magicians at hand to create the magic that we aimed to unfold.
Let’s meet the team then, shall we?
Rumi Munawar, a regular girl who works with Etisalat as an account manager is free-spirited and a dreamer by nature. We came upon her by chance when she told us that she was meant to attend her best friend’s wedding and needed a makeover for the same. It was accidental, but we had found the right girl!
Hailing from an affluent Punjabi family in Mumbai, Pooja Mankani was always inclined towards fashion designing. After completing her graduation in Fine Arts from NMK College, she opted to complete her Chartered Accountancy. But, her passion for designing led her to get a professional diploma in Fashion Designing from NIFT Delhi.
A simple and warm person, Pooja was also trained under leading designers like Manish Malhotra and Rocky S among others.
Ankriya started in 2005 after Pooja’s first
pregnancy when she realised that the market didn’t cater enough to plus sized women. She credits a large part of her success to her father, Inderjeet Makkar’s unfailing belief in her.
Ankriya, she says would not have been possible without the support of her husband, Bharat Mankani who is the silent strength behind her brand.
The brains behind Tresind, the Indian fine dining concept in Dubai, Sakshi Nath took her entrepreneurial skills to the next level with Queens Beauty Lounge Salon & Spa.
Sakshi believes that it is important for women to feel like queens when they have left her spa. With the right kind of staff, location, products and prices, she has been able to give women a five star experience of the highest standard.
With a branch in JLT and Dubai Marina, she only wants to make a woman feel like a queen. For her, inner beauty is as important as the outer appearence.
Having spent 12 years in Africa, Dubai was the next best place to move to because people love beauty in this region and they spend a lot of time and money on their appearence, according to her. “I believe women need to take time for themselves, and learn everything they can about their hair, skin, and body.”
The idea was to give Rumi a glamourous transformation, which is why a smokey palette of gold and black was used for the eyes.
The double-winged, bold eyeliner added an element of oomph and pizzaz to the overall appearance. False eyelashes coated with a double layer of mascara emphasized the doe-eyed look. To highlight her prominent cheekbones, we chose a dusky bronze shade for the blush.
We wanted to be royal yet understated when it came to the hairstyle. In the true spirit of the gharanas of the old familys of the northen belt of India, the focus of the hair could not be allowed to compete with the dress. The team at Queens opted for light curls cascading down her shoulder with the top portion clipped into a neat puff and studded with diamante flowers. This brought her back, which had a signature embellishment across it into focus.
The lehenga was not only fitting for a royal bride but was also a homage to one of Pooja’s favorite designers; Sabyasachi Mukherjee. She genuinely believes that every girl deserves her ‘Cinderella’moment.
With the belle of the ball as her template, she set about creating a vision in ivory and vanilla. The multi-layered outfit is a blend of lace, gossammer net, intricate embroidery and delicate pearls which pepper the outfit.
To create coherence between the choli and the lehenga, Pooja used a stone encrusted band with a big diamond brooch as its central feature. This, in her opinion is a wonderful way to reveal a bit of the waist without it bordering on the risque.
The layers of the lehenga were wrapped by long, heavily embroidered panels, which fall unfettered from the waist. This creates movement within the skirt and the perception of depth, without the weight.
The detailing of the string of pearls across the deep back form little moments of light against the burnt gold of the blouse. The 5-string pearl necklace is smartly used to create an almost mirror image between the front and the back of the choli. Ingenious.
Photography: Sarfaraz Ali
The Cinderella Story delivered in stunning splendour. Our petite model was thrilled with her make over, as were we.
We’d like to thank both Sakshi Nath and Pooja Mankani for allowing us to illustrate their vision across these pages.